Geared Four-Bar Mechanisms

Geared Four-bar Mechanisms are usually assembled with:

A four-bar mechanism - with at least one Part that rotates continuously
One or two Gear-Pairs
The input 'drive' gear is fixed to the Coupler, at the distal end of the Crank or the Rocker
The output gear is usually at the joint with the Base-Part of the respective Crank or the Rocker

'Geared Four-Bar Mechanisms' are often used as 'Function-Generators'. Function-Generators provide an input to output mathematical relationship.

Geared Four-bar Mechanism Configurations

One Gear-Pair

Regressive and Ir-regressive Gears. [I do not know why they are called 'regressive' and 'ir-regressive' gears].

Regressive gears - a gear at each end of the Crank of a four-bar.
Ir-regressive gears - a gear at each end of the Rocker of a four-bar.

Note: A 'Four-bar' is a common term for a 'kinematic-chain with four Parts' usually with four Pin-Joints, usually with one Part that is the Base-Part.

'Regressive' Geared Four-bar

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STEP 1: A Four-bar

Line-of-Centres

The Line-of-Centres will be the CAD-Line in the Crank.

The input to the Gear-Pair is the Coupler. It is joined to the CAD-Line in the Crank with a Pin-Joint

The output of the Gear-Pair, the Geared-Rocker, will be a new Part.

We must join the new Part with a Pin-Joint to the Point at the end of the CAD-Line in the Crank.

Do not join the new Part to the Point at the end of the Line in the Base-Part.

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STEP 2: Add a Part to the Ground Point of the Crank

When you add the Pin-Joint, the Select-Elements dialog will show. This is because there are two Points at the centre of the Crank in addition to the Point in the new Part

See Select Elements dialog-box

Regressive Gears

STEP 3: Add a Gear-Pair

Select the the CAD-Lines that are in:

Coupler as the Input-Part
New Part as the Geared-Rocker
Crank as the Line-of-centres

The 'Output Gear' rotates, with a new motion, at the centre of the Crank.

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STEP 4: Edit the number-of-teeth
STEP 5: Plot the motion

Add a Graph.

Add a Measurement FB to measure the motion of the New Geared Rocker.

'Ir-regressive' Geared Four-bar

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STEP 1: A Four-bar

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STEP 2: Add a Part to the ground Point of the Rocker

Remember: The Parts must be joined with Pin-Joints to the Points at each end of the Line-of-centres.

Make sure the Point at the end of the new Part is joined to the Rocker, and not the Base-Part.

See Select Elements dialog-box

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STEP 3: Add a Gear-Pair

Select the the CAD-Lines that are in:

Coupler as the Input-Part
New Part as the Geared-Rocker
The Rocker as the Line-of-centres

 

Irregressive Gears

STEP 4: Edit the number-of-teeth
STEP 5: Edit the length of the Parts.
STEP 6: Plot the motion

Add a Graph.

Add a Measurement FB to measure the motion of the New Geared Rocker.

Two Gear-Pairs:

Gear-Pair 1

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STEP 1: A Four-bar

We will add the first Gear-Pair to the Coupler.

The input Gear will be at the end of the Crank.

The motion of the input gear will be the relative motion between the Crank and the Coupler.

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STEP 2: Add a Part to the end of the Coupler.

Remember: The Parts must be joined with Pin-Joints to the Points at each end of the Line-of-centres.

Make sure the Point at the end of the new Part is joined to the end of the Coupler and not the end of the Rocker.

See Select Elements dialog-box

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STEP 3: Add a Gear-Pair

Select the:

Crank as the Input-Part
New Part as the Geared-Rocker (output)
The Coupler as the Line-of-centres
STEP 4: Edit the number-of-teeth.

Gear-Pair 2

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This step requires a good understanding of the Add Gear-Pair command.

STEP 1: Add the Output Part

Make sure it is joined to the Rocker and not the Base-Part.

We want to add the 'Gear-Pair 2'.

The Parts with the Gears must be joined to the end of the Line that will be the Line-of-centres. The Line-of-centres will be the CAD-Line along the Rocker - the output Part of the Four-bar Mechanism.

The Blue Part is joined to the Rocker.

However, the Green Idler Gear Part at the distal end of the Rocker is joined to the Coupler  - not the Rocker.

So, if we tried to add a Gear-Pair, we would not succeed.

We must add a new Part to the distal end of the Rocker

The new Part must:

be joined to the distal End of the Rocker.
rotate at the same speed as the Idler Gear Part at the distal end of the Rocker - the idler gear.

To do this we:

add a New Part to the distal end of the Rocker
add a Motion-Dimension FB to specify the position of the new Part relative to the Rocker
measure the speed of the Idler Gear with a Measurement FB
use the measurement at the output -connector of the Measurement FB as an input to a Motion-Dimension FB to move the new Part.

See Select Elements dialog-box

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STEP 2: Add a new Part

The Parts at each end of the CAD-Line along the Rocker or Blue.

One must be Green.

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STEP 3: Add a Motion-Dimension FB

The Part is now Green

We must move it at the same speed as the Idler Gear.

To do this we measure the Idler Gear Part relative to the Rocker with a Measurement FB.

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STEP 4: Add a Measurement FB

Now we can know the motion of the idler relative to the Rocker.

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STEP 5: Connect the output of the Measurement FB to the input of the Motion-Dimension FB

This makes the Motion-Dimension, and Motion-Part, move with the same motion-values given by the Measurement FB.

The Motion-Part will ave the same motion as the existing Geared Rocker.

Therefore, when we add the new Gear-Pair, the Parts move in the same way.

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STEP 6: Add the Gear-Pair
STEP 7: Edit the number-of-teeth so that the 'middle' idler gear has the same number-of-teeth.
STEP 8: Edit the number-of-teeth for the output gear.

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STEP 9: Make the Base-Value of the Motion-Dimension FB equal to Zero.

The two Parts at the end of the Rocker are now together.

Also, it makes the Gears appear as Simple Gear-Train.

You may need to edit the Gear Teeth so that the four-bar makes a complete rotation.

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STEP 10: Measure the motion of the Output Gear.

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